Tuesdays of Texture

Every Tuesday I post a photo of a texture or the use of a texture.  In hopes of getting to know a bit more about your part of the world, I invite you to join in the fun of sharing an image of the textures around you by including a link to this post in your own Tuesdays of Texture post. You can find an image you like during the week if you don’t have one today :)  

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leaf veins

“Does the walker choose the path, or the path the walker?”
― Garth Nix, Sabriel

I was in the living room with Baby J yesterday when I heard the distinctive sound of a rifle shot.

(Why can I recognise a rifle shot vs. a gun shot -and even the caliber of the gun?  It’s a mix of reasons that can feed this tangent an entire post.  So, lets just settle on the fact that yes, I can recognise a rifle shot because LIFE.)

I went to manfriend, eyes wide open, to tell him that I was pretty sure I just heard two rifle shots in the VERY close vicinity and WHYWHATANDWHERE?!  His very calm answer was that oh yes, people are hunting close by.  People are HUNTING close by?!  Who is people?  What are they hunting?  And most importantly, why did nobody told me beforehand that I was moving to a place where “people are hunting close by” can be a serious line in a conversation!!!

Why didn’t they told us?  Until what time of the day will they be hunting?    The line of interrogation continued, so did manfriend’s very calm tone and his incredulity on my shock and indignation.   He used to go hunting himself very often when he was young (even had a trained pointer that he loved) so, all this shooting around for birds that people are going to eat afterwards is very normal for him.

I on the other hand, don’t see the point of hunting for food when food is already dead and prep in the supermarket for what seems a reasonable price given that the bird is already dead and has no feathers.

Hardcore Country Life gets another one on my list of fails.

Have a great and textured Tuesday!


Dancing Mondays

Everywhere in the web bloggers celebrate Music Mondays;  for me, music is dancing so this is my spin off.

I need to rev up my engines for this week of lots of to-do’s so this (as always, I fully recommend standing up for the shaking);

and because a little exotic is always good to sprinkle:

Enjoy and dance this Monday!


The Week Elsewhere


Went to a training for the first time in two years!  It was a very long, but very productive day for manfriend’s business.

Cool People posted cool stuff:

Takeshi’s Flight remind us to be thankful.

Living and Lovin shared a heartwarming story about visiting her son’s art expo in NYC.  You will also love the art he created.

In her series OMG FACTS THAT I READ HERE AND THERE… Sucheta shares one about JRR Tolkien and Lewis. 

I agree with tea & paper: MOTIVATION!

In the world wide web:

This was in Canada.  Love me some cool shipwreck story, as long as I don’t have to see the shipwreck (spooky!) :)  Arctic Shipwreck Found After 170 Years, Solving “Great Mystery” 

The awesomeness of this place has always grabbed my attention: Hidden Monuments Under Stonehenge Revealed by High-Tech Mapping 

You might notice a pattern of me sharing lots of Jimmy Fallon.  Well, only Jimmy can make people (GLENN CLOSE) do things like this and have them enjoy it: Jimmy Fallon and Glenn Close Have Face-Stuffing Contest!

Enjoy this relaxing Sunday and rev it up for Monday!

Adventure! The new kind of adventure outing

I used to live kind of adventurously, which would be hard to understand for those who have started reading me lately because  in The Hardcore Country Life everything sounds repetitive.  All the dead animals and such.

I have proof in my archives, that it wasn’t always beast’s cadavers in this blog.  I used to have a category-page titled Adventures that is now a tag, where all my adventure stories now lie.

After parenthood the adventures have had to be modified.

The time of travel and distance, weather, activities and accessibility are now extensively analysed (by me, because I’m the only control freak over here)  to predict the effects the outing might have on Baby J.  I want to know where I’ll be when she starts fussing for food or nap time.  I want to know EXACTLY where I’ll be and all the factors that I’ll have to deal with when that happens.

I have turned into a monster travel companion and I don’t blame manfriend one bit for dreading my reaction when he suggests that we go out somewhere new. Huge character flaw admitted.

So our very first “adventure” as a family was our visit to:


They have a few historical scenes;




A mini aquarium inside a cave like place;


With pirates!  Argh!




Officially spooky because GREEN MURRAY!


Very pretty scenic views;


And boats.  Inside rooms. :o


You can see a couple of additional shots in my flickr stream.

They also have a pool and deck area with a “war” competition where kids can represent a country and compete for a prize.  Didn’t like the war part (they squirt water at each other in the pool and/or race to a line in bumper-boats?  Little paddling boats thinguies) but they talk about historic battles and the kids seem to have an amazing time, so I did like the concept.

Baby J refused to nap but had a great time.  I might share a few shots from her favorite area later;  the animals.

All in all I loved the place for a family outing.  It was comfortable yet it had a lot of cool things to see.

Shared this in this week’s Photo Challenge and with the cool people of Look Up Look Down Challenge, week 56.

Have a great, adventurous day!



Tuesdays of Textures

Every Tuesday I post a photo of a texture or the use of a texture.  In hopes of getting to know a bit more about your part of the world, I invite you to join in the fun of sharing an image of the textures around you by including a link to this post in your own Tuesdays of Texture post. You can find and share your image during the week if you don’t have one today :)  

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Texture. Pine leaves.

Do your little bit of good where you are; its those little bits of good put together that overwhelm the world.
Desmond Tutu

During the weekend we experienced our first tornado.  I had never seen anything like that in my life, and though it was tiny, I still shudder when I remember how fast everything was.  As soon as I felt the wind hauling I ran to Baby J, who was in her crib sleeping, and by the time I got to her the mosquito net was soaking wet, there was a puddle in the floor and she was damp.

When we saw what it did to the trees – cutting them in half and in some cases pulling them out by their whole roots – we got goosebumps.  We could make out the entire path it went through by the damage it left.

That was one tiny tornado, I’m sure we don’t get big ones over here because they would simply flatten the island in one sweep.

As a result of the surprising visitor, we didn’t had electric power for almost two days.  Manfriend’s business is equipped with a necessary industrial power plant that stayed on the entire time, so he went to the neighbors (as he has always done in such occasions) – parents of a pre-teen with down syndrome and an almost two year old baby – and offered them an extension cable so they could connect their refrigerator.

This house is too far away from the business’ building, so we couldn’t benefit from the power plant for ourselves.  The irony!  But manfriend says when he was connecting the neighbors the big kid said thank you to him and while he was telling me this, his entire face was shining with satisfaction because he was able to help them.

Have a great, and textured Tuesday and do a little bit of good today!